Freediver Sofia Gomez Uribe Named Univision’s Extreme Sports Athlete Of The Year

Sofia Gomez Uribe. Photo by Daan Verhoeven
Sofia Gomez Uribe. Photo by Daan Verhoeven

Freediver Sofia Gomez Uribe has picked up Univision’s Extreme Sports Athlete of the Year award, at a gala event held in Miami, Florida on December 17, 2017.

The award, which is part of Univision’s premiere sports awards for Latin American athletes, brings freediving into the realm of other mainstream sports like boxing, baseball, cycling, and football (soccer).

Gomez Uribe was nominated by her home country Colombia in the extreme sports category, alongside other sporting greats like boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, footballers Javier Hernandez and David Villa, and baseball player Jose Altuve.

All in all, there were 15 sports categories. During the event a lifetime achievement award was presented to five-weight world champion and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.

The award wraps up a great year for Gomez Uribe, who won two silver medals at the AIDA depth championships, as well as breaking the world record for constant weight with bi-fins with dives to 83m/272ft  and  84m/275ft. She also set a Pan-American constant weight record with a 96m/314ft.

You can find out more about the awards here and check out a video of the awards gala here.